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by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is it correct not to believe in a soul?
Replies: 34
Views: 1191

Re: Buddhism vs Hinduism

I am pleased to read that quote from the Dalai Lama. It is a realistic attitude. After all incarnations of lamas are sometimes identified because they recognise possessions from a previous life. So it makes no sense to say there is no continuity of identity. What Buddhism denies is an unchanging ent...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: The Role of Criticism in Zen
Replies: 1
Views: 271

Re: The Role of Criticism in Zen

Greetings and Salutations

:namaste:

Excellent post, and glad to see you posting at DharmaWheel. I used to enjoy your posts on Zen Forum International.
by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 7857

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

There was a great show on television here in Australia last night, Monty Don's Japanese Gardens . It was a tour of various gardens in Tokyo and Kyoto and included visits to several Zen monasteries and interviews with one of the head monks about the symbolic significance of the gardens. Very beautifu...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 7857

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

What I observed in the West is, that if people like a certain teacher then they do believe he has some special quality or wisdom or is enlightened etc. but once they stop to like the teacher, then exactly the same person is told to be unenlightened and in possession of bad qualities. So if you ask ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Soto Zen
Replies: 8
Views: 637

Re: Soto Zen

Global Soto website is https://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/index.html

A ton of resources there.
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 7857

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

RIght - I see what you’re getting at. And I think the answer is, if you’re a Zen student, then you’d better believe that your teacher is awakened. When it comes to idly contemplating whether this or that individual personality is ‘an enlightened being’ - then that’s something else again. But if you ...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Words, characters, syllables & liberation
Replies: 14
Views: 549

Re: Words, characters, syllables & liberation

The problem starts at the very definition of such a term [i.e. 'true nature']. Most seem to skip that problem by delegating the definition to the realm of the mystical and relying on a mythical lineage of transmission of the ineffable, thus all authority on deciding whether one has "seen the nature...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 7857

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

'Strictly speaking, there are no enlightened people, only enlightened activities' ~ Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 1741

Re: Consciousness question

Look at the Kotthita Sutta
by Wayfarer
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan
Replies: 21
Views: 2016

Re: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan

I think it’s a fertile topic for popularisation. There must be a huge amount of unpublished archival material, all the Aurel Stein discoveries, and so on. As I said, would make a great documentary, it’s full of intrigue plus the romance of the Silk Road.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan
Replies: 21
Views: 2016

Re: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan

Caoimhghín wrote: Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:18 am ...published in a horrible translation...
Are there good translations? Any alternatives?
by Wayfarer
Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan
Replies: 21
Views: 2016

Re: Nestorian stele replica at Mt koysan

I don’t know any specifics, but I have always found the story of the Nestorian Christian’s exile and subsequent trek to China very poignant. It also gave rise to many beautiful manuscripts known as the Issa Sutras, (where ‘Issa’ was the sinisized name for Jesus) which re-tell the story of Jesus life...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Giving Up Masturbation
Replies: 97
Views: 6804

Re: Giving Up Masturbation

OK I won’t terminate my account, I’ll always end up coming back. There are many adverse consequences from exposure to pornography - a well-known one is that young males (in particular) loose interest in relationships with women and often the capacity to have sexual relationships at all due, to a con...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Giving Up Masturbation
Replies: 97
Views: 6804

Re: Giving Up Masturbation

So just like that, you ignore the entire existence of Vajrayana and its tradition, which is long-lasting. A lot longer lasting than the prudish views of Victorian society. And a lot longer lasting than whatever views are adopted by people today, of whatever strand. I have never claimed to be an ini...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Giving Up Masturbation
Replies: 97
Views: 6804

Re: Giving Up Masturbation

Yes, why indeed? Why do some people think like that? Presumably, they’re ‘VIctorian’.
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Giving Up Masturbation
Replies: 97
Views: 6804

Re: Giving Up Masturbation

Struggling with it, because I believe it’s morally wrong, for the reasons I’ve given. In an ideal world, nobody would ever do anything they thought they ought not to do, but that is not the world that the Buddha taught in. If you struggle with porn addiction, that is another issue entirely. Addictio...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Giving Up Masturbation
Replies: 97
Views: 6804

Re: Giving Up Masturbation

'Struggling with it' is precisely not being able to 'stop consuming it'. If anyone really has the strength of will just to walk away, or has no interest in it, then, for sure, it's not a problem for them. But if everyone were like that, then it would hardly exist, but as it is, it's probably the ver...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Giving Up Masturbation
Replies: 97
Views: 6804

Re: Giving Up Masturbation

Well, obviously I'm in the wrong forum. I too struggle with porn, it draws me in, and I hate myself for doing it. Probably I'm too fraught with guilt to be able to benefit from the higher teachings which are obviously being disseminated here, so I guess I should sign out for a while. I must have mis...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Giving Up Masturbation
Replies: 97
Views: 6804

Re: Giving Up Masturbation

Who’s the Buddhist in that frieze, do you think?
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Giving Up Masturbation
Replies: 97
Views: 6804

Re: Giving Up Masturbation

Victorian, yeah. If you're not hip then you're an antique.

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